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Transforming Layers

The layers that you access in the Layers tab of the Project pane or in the Timeline are containers for objects. But they are also object themselves. This fact means that you can select a layer and change its Position, Rotation, Scale, and other parameters just like you can with any other object. The transformations are applied to all objects contained in the layer. The difference is that when you select a layer, there is only one bounding box and one anchor point, so all objects transform around that anchor point (Figure 4.29).

Figure 4.29. You can perform a transformation on all objects in a layer. Note that there is a single anchor point for the entire layer—all objects transform around it.


To apply transformations to a layer:

1.
Select the layer (see “Selecting Layers” earlier in this chapter).

2.
Do one of the following:

  • Use the Toolbar and the bounding box to make transformations in the Canvas.

  • Enter values for the desired parameters in the Properties tab in the Inspector.

✓ Tip

  • If you want all the objects in a layer to scale, rotate, or shear around their own anchor points rather than the anchor point of the layer, then select all the objects directly and transform them, rather than selecting the layer.


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